The month of July is always full of grandies enjoying Camp Sonnystone. The garden takes a back seat, but we did manage to pote our buckets around and keep everything as watered as we could…well, almost everything. Despite our best efforts, the lack of rain combined with the heat took its toll.
After the Jose’ fam left, we surveyed the damage and brought in whatever veggies we could, which was plenty. Most of the yellow squash had bit the dust (literally) earlier, but there were 3 zucchini producing. The tomatoes were covered with ripening fruit and the bell peppers are (still) carrying on. I ended up freezing a dozen quart bags of zucch and squash, though, so I’m happy. Now there’s one more zucchini on the last plant.
I had to take down a tomato that suddenly went yellow on me, and the better boys have slowed down, but I’m hoping they’ll get started again. I still have dozens of tomatoes, even after making a huge greek tomato salad and slicing every chance I get.
I’ve harvested 4 pots of basil and made an ice cube tray of pesto. There’s a pound or so of onions, and some chive put up. Casey’s barrel of potatoes only produced a handful, but the experiment gave us great ideas of next year.
Oh, and that’s a jar of lemon verbena leaves, ready to be transformed into tea, or infused into some nice vodka.
I’m really grateful, as I know many gardeners have had worse seasons and I do have a lot to show for my work. It’s just that vegetables are a bit of a gamble. Yet each year I learn something new.
The flowers, though…. daisies, rudbeckia, roses (!), pineapple sage, butterfly bushes… they are blooming, attracting the birds and bugs and making me smile.
Casey has started a Major New Project, and I’m planning an August Extravaganza of sorts… You’ll want to read about it over at The News from Sonnystone Acres…